Jim Caviezel has confirmed that he will reprise the role of Jesus Christ in “The Passion Of The Christ 2,” as well as predicting that the hugely anticipated sequel is “going to be the biggest film in history.”
The Hollywood Reporter first teased that Caviezel was in talks for the film on Tuesday afternoon, only for the 49-year-old to confirm his presence in it during an interview with USA Today just a few hours later.
“There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience. It’s great. Stay tuned. I won’t tell you how [Mel Gibson] is going to go about it. But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
Unfortunately Caviezel stopped short of fully explaining how “The Passion Of The Christ 2” will achieve this lofty ambition. My guess is that it it will mark the second installment of the Biblical Cinematic Universe that Hollywood has been slowly and inevitably heading to for quite some time.
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The first rumblings of “The Passion Of The Christ 2” emerged back in 2016, when it was revealed that Randall Wallace, who wrote “Braveheart” for Mel Gibson, was working on a script.
A couple of months ago Gibson confirmed his intention to work on the film, which was tentatively entitled “The Passion Of The Christ: Resurrection,” during an interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The Australian noted that the film probably wouldn’t be ready until late 2019 or early 2020 because of the undertaking required.
There will be no shortage of interest in “The Passion Of The Christ 2.” The original turned into a pop culture phenomenon back in 2004, taking in $611.9 million worldwide, while it also became the highest-grossing R-rated film ever in North American thanks to it $370.8 million haul.
But "The Passion Of The Christ" also caused huge controversy and was accused of antisemitism. Mel Gibson’s arrest in July, 2006, and his comments during the incident, led to him being blacklisted in Hollywood for nearly a decade, and put “The Passion Of The Christ 2” firmly on the backburner.
However, the success of his directorial return “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2016, and Gibson’s appearance in Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” clearly thawed his reputation to such an extent that “The Passion Of The Christ: Resurrection” now appears to be a formality.